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Jelili Atiku

Nigerian Sculptor, Performance and Video Artist

I am Jelili Atiku a contemporary Nigerian sculptor, video and performance artist, of human rights in Nigeria. Born in 1968 in Ejigbo, Lagos I am involved in the creation of works of art which promote an egalitarian society, respect and foster human rights. I studied Fine Arts at Ahmadu Bello of University, Zaria and at University of Lagos , Yaba, Lagos (all in Nigeria). I am, amongst others, the founder and main coordinator at Advocate for Human Rights Through Arts, and President of Movement for Creative Drawing. In 2004 I organised a militant exhibit for prison and penalty reform in Nigeria entitled, "Shadows in the Dark" (National Museum, onikan, Lagos ). In 2005 my sculpture-installation "Ewawo: The Awaiting Trial Persons" was exhibited at University of Lagos and at Lagos State House of Assembly. It advocates for the disappearance of an awful practice which facilitates prison overpopulation awaiting trial in the Nigerian penitentiary system. I have participate in several exhibitions within and outside Nigeria.

Comments (2)


Your art looks fascinating (if somewhat disturbing at times!). I hope to get a chance to see more of it when I am in Lagos :)

27 Sep 2010, 23:43


Hi Jelili!

Thanks for your message. I am looking forward to coming to Lagos and working with the African Artists' Foundation. I am especially excited about your project. I have heard of it briefly through Medina, and I would love to hear more about it. I look forward to meeting you in Lagos.


Joseph Gergel

15 May 2012, 18:44